After visiting the temple we headed over to Sheung Wan. This was a pretty cool side of town. Many “wellness shops” of ancient Chinese remedies and other specialty items. Things like birds nests, dried sea cucumbers and sea horses. We took a picture of the candy being sold on the streets as most shops did not allow photography.
Walking through the streets was a blast. We saw tons of cool things! This part of town sat on the side of a hill and some of the cross streets where wide “staircases” with long shallow steps. Going up the hill we found a bunch of small antique shops. basically “hole in the wall” type store fronts that showcased piles of old trinkets and what have you. Their were a bunch of metal working stations as well, that had several old men using incredibly old fabricating machines. Cool stuff!
Up the hill we came to a store named “Konzepp”. This shop reminded me of shops you might find in the Soho, NYC. Inside we found Skinny Vinny merchandise! We introduced ourselves to the shop keepers and told them we were friends with Vincent Lai, of Skinny Vinny I think they believed us. The women showing us around the store, Patricia, was very nice and excited we stopped in. We felt like friends of a superstar.
Next up, we headed to the Avenue of the Stars, much like Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, on the waterfront. We saw Bruce Lee’s, Chow Yun Fat and Steven Chow’s squares along with a few others. Of course I posed like an idiot in front of Bruce Lee’s statue. For me, this wasn’t that big of a deal, although there was a really great panoramic view of the city.
By the way, if I haven’t mentioned it yet, the subway here is awesome! A pure delight. Rarely did we have to wait longer than a few minutes, and it didn’t matter because the subway is air-conditioned! Obviously I was with Kayiu who speaks and reads fluent Cantonese, but all in all the subway was super easy and comfortable. Ready for an upgrade NYC?
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